COVID-19: Bangladesh reports highest 786 new cases, record recoveries in a single day on 05 May 2020

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Enamul Hafiz Latifee reports,

Bangladesh on Tuesday, 05 May 2020 registered the highest number of 786 fresh positive cases from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in a single day and one more death overnight.

However, the recovery count rose to 1,403 in the same period after a record of 193 patients were discharged from hospitals, health officials said.

“As many as 786 people tested positive for COVID-19 from 5,711 samples in the last 24 hours, taking the tally of infections to 10,929,” DGHS Additional Director General (administration) Prof Nasima Sultana told a virtual media briefing at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in the city.

 

Nasima said the number of fatalities has declined significantly during the time as one COVID-19 patient died, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 183.

“The lone victim of the lethal virus in the period is a day labourer aged between 21 to 30 and he is a resident of Dinajpur,” she said.

 

Among the recovered patients, over 1,000 patients were cured in Dhaka division and remaining patients in seven divisions in the country, the health official said.

Among the COVID-19-infected cases, nearly 75 percent patients are taking treatment from their homes, and many of them are being cured every day after receiving treatment through hotlines, Nasima added.

She said another physician Colonel (retd) Professor Dr. Moniruzzaman, the head of the hematology department of Anwer Khan Modern Medical College Hospital, died of coronavirus on 04 May 2020.

Bangladesh reported first death of a physician – Dr. Md Moyeen Uddin, an assistant professor of Medicine at the Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital- on 15 April.

As of today (05 May), of the total fatalities, 98 deaths were recorded in Dhaka city and 40 in Narayanganj district.

Of the total 183 deaths, 138 took place in Dhaka division, and rests are in the other seven divisions, the health official added.

 

The health official said a total of 93,037 samples have so far been tested since the detection of the first COVID-19 cases in the country, adding currently tests are being conducted at 33 labs in the country.

She informed that Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University has handed over two PCR labs to Sheikh Hasina Medical College in Jamalpur and Chattogram Medical College and Hospital.

“We’re expecting that these two hospitals will start sample test of COVID-19 within one or two days,” Nasima added.

As coronavirus outbreak is on the rising trend in the country, the health official said, the government is expanding testing facilities across the country with joint initiatives of the government, non-government organizations, universities, state-run research institutes, and private hospitals to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

These organizations are extending their cooperation to the government to test samples of more suspected COVID-19 patients, which will help stem the spread of the disease, she said.

Among them, Nasima said, some institutions are providing necessary support including donating PCR labs and other equipment to different hospitals for expediting testing activities in the country.

 

The DGHS said the government has given approval to three more private hospitals – Evercare Hospital Dhaka, Square Hospital Limited and United Hospital Limited – for performing COVID-19 tests.

These hospitals have been given permission to conduct coronavirus tests for their admitted patients only, it said.

 

A total of 1,99,811 people were kept at both home and institutional quarantine and 1,56,689 people were released from quarantine, while the number of people who are now in quarantine is 41,122.

According to the DGHS, a total of 615 institutions have been prepared across the country for keeping over 30,955 people in quarantine, adding nearly 1,636 people have now been kept in isolation.

 

Yesterday, on 04 May 2020, the country reported 5 more deaths from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) overnight and recorded 688 fresh positive cases in a single day.

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